Barwick public meeting: tomorrow, Friday October 4 will see the second of two public meetings organised by Barwick and Scholes Parish Council to discuss proposed housing developments in the parish. Scholes residents were meeting on Tuesday to express their views on plans by Leeds developers GMI Holdings, working with Barratt David Wilson Homes, to build up to 860 new homes in Scholes. Tomorrow’s meeting, at Barwick Cricket Club, will be a ‘drop in’ opportunity for villagers to attend any time between 5-8pm to meet local councillors and discuss the implications of potential sites for new homes identified by Leeds City Council within Barwick. Two sites causing the greatest concern are currently protected by the Green Belt. Council planners believe 160 homes could be built on land at the edge of Barwick, close to Long Lane and Richmondfield Lane. However, parish councillors are concerned that approval for this site would result in ‘a significant encroachment’ into the Green Belt which could ‘set a precedent for further sprawl in the Green Belt.’A wooded area and beck are at the centre of this proposed site. Residents are also concerned about a site for 139 new homes close to Aberford Road, Barwick. Although this is also within the Green Belt the parish council has acknowledged that, despite it representing ‘a substantial addition’ to the size of the village, the proposed development would link well with existing housing as it is partly contained on three sides. Three other areas of land identified as potential sites for housing in Barwick would provide plots for just over 100 new homes near Rakehill Road, while another 44 homes could be built north of Elmet Drive, near the village cricket club. All three of these sites are currently within the Green Belt and councillors are concerned that one of them, south of Rakehill road, could cause ‘potential harm to the setting of the scheduled ancient monument and the conservation area.’ Councillors believe some of the proposed sites would also be unsuitable due to poor access, narrow roads and the impact of increased traffic volumes on the village.
Scholes coffee morning: Scholes Community Care, the voluntary organisation which provides a range of practical support services to elderly villagers, will benefit from the proceeds of Scholes Methodists’ next coffee morning. This will be held on Saturday, October 5 at the Methodist schoolroom from 10am-noon. Good news for many residents of both Barwick and Scholes who enjoy these events is that sizzling bacon sandwiches are back on the menu!
Primary school event: the Friends of Barwick Church of England Primary School are holding a sale of children’s shoes on Saturday, October 5, from 10.30am until 1pm, to help raise funds to create an Agile Learning Space at the school. Shoes from leading British and Italian brands will be among those available to buy. All are welcome to attend, whether they have children at the school or not.
Barwick coffee morning: members of Barwick in Bloom will host one of their popular coffee mornings at the village hall on Saturday, October 5, from 10am-noon. Admission costing £1 will include light refreshments and stalls selling cakes, books and other items will be available. All proceeds will go towards the cost of plants for next year’s floral displays in the village.
Parish forum: there will no doubt be plenty to talk about at the parish forum next Monday (October 7) at Barwick Methodist Schoolroom, 7pm. The forum gives villagers a chance to discuss with parish councillors issues of local concern - and there is no shortage of those. It will be followed at 7.30pm by the October meeting of the parish council, which as always will be open to the public to observe.
A welcome Gold for Scholes: congratulations to the indefatigable, all-weather gardeners of the Scholes in Bloom team on winning Gold for the second time in Yorkshire in Bloom. Though delighted, the group’s chairman, Ben Hogan, is disappointed that Scholes did not finish on top the Large Village section, coming a close second to Shadwell. The latter can now represent Yorkshire in next year’s Britain in Bloom. However, if the Shadwell in Bloom team decide they don’t need the work, worry and cost of competing in the national event – it has cost Barwick in Bloom around £12,000 this year – then Ben and his team could still be invited to step forward in pursuit of national glory.
Gold for Barwick’s pubs: although Barwick couldn’t enter Yorkshire in Bloom this year, due to its national commitment, the village’s churches and pubs still entered their respective categories. And all three of Barwick’s popular pubs – the Black Swan, Gascoigne Arms and New Inn – won Gold medals to display with pride behind their bars. The teams of dedicated volunteers who care for the churchyards at the village’s All Saints’ Church and Methodist Church are also celebrating winning Silver Gilt awards in Yorkshire in Bloom.
Autumn fair: one of Barwick’s most popular annual events, the Autumn fair to raise funds for the NSPCC, will take place at the village hall on Saturday, October 12. The charity’s protection for children and support for their families is as important today as it ever was. Among a wide variety of stalls will be the highly popular knit and stitch stall, which last year attracted the unwanted contents of many villagers’ sewing and knitting baskets. Donations for this and other stalls will be warmly welcomed. Also, ‘Teddy Tombola’ is seeking well-loved or event neglected soft toys. Anyone wishing to donate items for sale should call the organisers, tel. (0113) 281-2530.
Barwick in Bloom: members of the multi-award winning Barwick in Bloom will learn on Saturday, October 12 whether their sterling work this year was enough to win Gold for Barwick in the Britain in Bloom competition. The village last scooped this major accolade in 2009, when it was judged to be the ‘best of the best’ in the large village category.